2 Timothy 2:3-4 – Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.
Hardship – no one likes the sound of that word. The fact is, living involves hardship. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. Even God, Himself did not promise us a life of ease if we would follow Him.
More than that, soldiers are trained to endure hardships that most people never have to face. I, personally, am so thankful to our armed forces for being in those front lines so that I can enjoy the freedom that most of us just take for granted. They live a life of hardship so that others can live securely.
Whether we want to hear it or not, we are in the front lines of a spiritual battle for the lives of those living all around us. In the same way that an American soldier must train for hardships, we need to be spiritually strong. We need to be built up in our faith and in the knowledge of God.
Don’t be like so many who wait for a spiritual attack to run to the Lord for help. Be ready at all times. Be strong and secure with your feet firmly planted in the Word of God. Be filled with His Spirit. Be armed and awake as a good soldier of Christ.